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US Coast Guard offloads $110 million of cocaine seized in Caribbean interdictions

April 17, 2014
US Coast Guard offloads $110 million of cocaine seized in Caribbean interdictions MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Legare offloaded approximately 3,300 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $110 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach on Tuesday, following two separate drug interdictions in the southwest Caribbean Sea.

FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

April 17, 2014
ROME, Italy -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

US Expats and Taxes: Foreign real estate

April 15, 2014
From a tax standpoint, buying and selling foreign real estate is not much different than in the US. At the present time, there are no reporting requirements when purchasing foreign real estate. However, US expats should be aware that if one transfers money to a foreign bank...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: From Jail to Yale

April 14, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: From Jail to Yale Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “From Jail to Yale” The hope is that this submission would cause you...

Caribbean 'crumbling under poor leadership and divisive politics'

April 12, 2014
Caribbean 'crumbling under poor leadership and divisive politics' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The humanization of power is the main affliction affecting good governance in the Caribbean, says Joan Purcell, author of the book A Vision for Change. "To begin with, power has been humanized... power resides in a man, either the prime minister...

Eminent persons drafting committee gets to work on ACP future

April 12, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A year shy of its 40th anniversary, having spent decades working to lift its people out of poverty, the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – the largest intergovernmental association of developing countries in existence...

Prominent Caribbean academic passes away

April 11, 2014
Prominent Caribbean academic passes away HAVANA, Cuba -- Well known Caribbean academic Norman Girvan passed away on Wednesday in Cuba. He was 72. Jamaican-born Girvan, who earlier this year suffered a serious fall while in Dominica, was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). He was also a professorial research fellow...

Jobs, growth and small states dominate Commonwealth and Francophonie G20 dialogue

April 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The fourth annual Commonwealth and La Francophonie dialogue with the G20, which took place at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC on 7 April, ended with a call to keep the keep the focus on assisting developing countries.

A.N.R. Robinson - A Remembrance

April 11, 2014
Among the many epitaphs and eulogies to A.N.R. Robinson may I add my own as a fellow West Indian. It was as a West Indian that I knew him first – as a young Member of the House of Assembly of the Federation of The West Indies when I was a member of the Federation’s...

Guyanese American author's book named first Critics' Choice selection on new website

April 10, 2014
Guyanese American author's book named first Critics' Choice selection on new website NEW JERSEY, USA -- The Indie Authors Roundup, an online publication/website of Xlibris Corporation, arguably the world’s largest print-on-demand publisher, has named Guyanese American author Christopher Persaud’s book, The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread...

Bahamian capsize survivors relive near-death experience in 'Drifting Hope'

April 10, 2014
Bahamian capsize survivors relive near-death experience in 'Drifting Hope' In September 2013, the US Coast Guard released photos and news of the heroic rescue of two Bahamian men stranded at sea for eight days. Comments on the Coast Guard Facebook page express skepticism on several levels. Some thought it impossible to survive that length of time without fresh water.

US Expats and Taxes: US expats who are self-employed

April 8, 2014
Self-employment tax (FICA) includes: Social Security and Medicare. For most people, this tax is equal to 15.3% of the reported net income. Normally, employers and employees split this tax responsibility. However, the self-employed individual is both employer and employee, and therefore...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A question of maximum worldly exposure!

April 7, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A question of maximum worldly exposure! Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “A question of maximum worldly exposure!”

Commonwealth and La Francophonie to convene annual G20 dialogue in Washington

April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Commonwealth and La Francophonie will hold their third annual development dialogue with the Group of Twenty (G20) in Washington DC, next week. The dialogue will take place at the International Monetary Fund headquarters on Monday.

IAPA releases half-yearly review of press freedom in the region

April 5, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has released a number of in-depth reviews of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas at the opening of its midyear meeting being held in Barbados.

New survey sheds light on financial behaviour of Caribbean migrants in US

April 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Remittances remain one of the largest cross-border flows to Latin American and Caribbean region, totaling more than $60 billion annually. However, these resources still contribute little to formal household savings for poor and vulnerable households.

St Martin to host Interreg Caraibes project selection committee meeting

April 1, 2014
MARIGOT, St Martin -- The ninth selection and monitoring committees of the Interreg Caraïbes programme will take place on April 2 and 3, 2014, in Saint Martin under the chairmanship of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe in its capacity as management authority.

US Expats and Taxes: Foreign financial accounts

April 1, 2014
The US government is aggressively seeking intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with countries around the world to improve international tax compliance. That means that financial institutions in foreign countries will soon begin reporting to the IRS the names, tax identification numbers and...

Petition launched to change name of St Eustatius capital to break with colonial past

March 31, 2014
ORANJESTAD, St Eustatius -- The capital of the Dutch Caribbean island of St Eustatius is named after the royal family of the Netherlands: Oranjestad. But maybe not for much longer. A petition to change the name into something that is not linked to the island’s colonial past is being launched.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Our children's health and nutrition

March 31, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Our children's health and nutrition Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue focuses on “Our Children’s Health and Nutrition.” The hope is that this...

Chance for Eastern Caribbean writers to participate in international programme

March 28, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Writers who are nationals of Eastern Caribbean islands and Barbados are being invited by the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, to submit nominations for the ten-week International Writer’s Programme (IWP).

Regional energy ministers and industry specialists to gather in Miami

March 26, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- On June 9 and 10, global research organisation Oliver Kinross will be hosting the Caribbean South America Energy Summit 2014 in Miami, Florida. This two day event will be covering a wide range of topics. Discussions will focus on recent success stories.

USVI author releases new book on Christian living nationwide

March 26, 2014
USVI author releases new book on Christian living nationwide CHRISTIANSTED, USVI -- This week, US Virgin Islands author Rev. Seaton D. Wilson celebrates the nationwide release of his new book on Christian living, “Soar Like an Eagle, Reign Like a King,” where he uses analogies from the life of the golden eagle to reveal amazing truths about the human and Christian life.

US Expats and Taxes: The basics

March 25, 2014
American expatriates are subject to US income taxes regardless of where they live and where they make their income. Furthermore, there are special requirements and issues to consider when it comes to tax return preparation. Over the next couple of months, we will...

IAPA readies half-yearly review of press freedom in the Americas

March 22, 2014
MIAMI, USA (IAPA) -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is to make an in-depth review during its midyear meeting to be held in Barbados from April 4-7 of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas.

Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2013 by Anthony L. Hall

March 21, 2014
Book review: The iPINIONS Journal - Commentaries on the Global Events of 2013 by Anthony L. Hall As if to remind us all of the sometimes distressingly swift passage of time, Caribbean News Now op-ed columnist Anthony Hall has published his ninth retrospective compendium of insight and observations on the major events of our times.  Hall’s latest look back -- The iPINIONS Journal...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Do they know?

March 18, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Do they know? Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue asks the question, “Do They Know?” The hope is that this submission...

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